Ileana Baird

Associate Professor
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Introduction

Background

After graduating from University of Virginia with a doctorate in English Language and Literature, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the same institution, and then as an Assistant Professor of English at King Faisal University, KSA. I have extensive experience teaching British and American literature, composition, and ESL courses in a variety of educational environments, both in the U.S. and abroad. My research interests include eighteenth-century British literature, visual and material culture, Orientalism, digital humanities, and second language acquisition. I joined Zayed University in the fall of 2016.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Current

Founding Member of the Digital Humanities Initiative at Zayed University, 2021-ongoing

Member of the Research Committee, Language Studies Department, CHSS, 2020-2022

Member of the Curriculum Committee, Language Studies Department, CHSS, 2020-2022

Member of the Events Committee, Language Studies Department, CHSS, 2021-2022

Head of the Task Force for Developing a Major in English Language in Literature, Language Studies Department, 2020-2021

Member of the Committee for the Promotion of the Literature Minor, Language Studies Department, CHSS, 2020-2021

Previous:

Chair of the Newsletter Committee, College of Education, 2018-2020

Member of the Faculty Affairs Committee, College of Education, 2019-2020

Member of the Hiring Committee, English Writing Studies Department, 2017-2018

Member of the Learning Outcomes Assessment team, University College, 2016-2017

Qualifications

PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2012

MA, English Language and Literature, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006

BA in Romanian and English Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, 1991


Previous Positions

2015: Assistant Professor, King Faisal University

2013-2014: Lecturer, University of Virginia  

2012-2013: Postdoctoral Preceptorship Fellow, University of Virginia

2006-2012: Graduate Instructor, University of Virginia

2004-2006: Graduate Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Memberships

Modern Language Association (MLA)

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS)

Romanian Studies Association of America (RSAA)

Languages

English and Romanian

Research and Professional Activities

My research interests include eighteenth-century British literature, visual and material culture, Orientalism, digital humanities, and second language acquisition. I am the editor of Data Visualization in Enlightenment Literature and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020) and Social Networks in the Long Eighteenth Century: Clubs, Literary Salons, Textual Coteries (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), and the co-editor of Eighteen-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture (Ashgate, 2014; Routledge, 2018), and All Things Arabia: Arabian Identity and Material Culture (Brill, 2020). I have authored articles on Alexander Pope and his circle and, in the field of language acquisition, a Dictionary of Common Mistakes in English (Polirom, 2016).

Over the years, I have been awarded various grants and research fellowships by the Mellon Foundation, Bradley Foundation, Yale University Library, SHANTI at University of Virginia, and Zayed University, to name just a few. I have presented my work at major international conferences (ASECS, NEASECS, ISECS, CSECS, MLA, ACLA) and I serve as a regular book reviewer for SHARP News (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) in Canada.

My current research projects focus on eighteenth-century book illustration and the formation of the public sphere in eighteenth-century England.

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate:

GEN 140 Composition I

GEN 145 Composition II

EWS 240 Composition III

ENG 240 Academic Literacy across Disciplines

CIT 300 Technical Writing

ENG 360 Film and Literature

ENG 364 Modern and Contemporary Literature

ENG 368 World Fiction

ENG 363 Drama

ENG 365 The Novel

 

Edited Collections:

Baird, I. (Ed.). (2021). Data visualization in Enlightenment literature and culture. Palgrave Macmillan.

Baird, I. & Yagcioglu, H. (Eds.). (2020). All things Arabia: Arabian identity and material culture. Brill.

Baird, I. & Ionescu, C. (Eds.). (2014; paperback 2018). Eighteenth-century thing theory in a global context. From consumerism to celebrity culture. Ashgate/Routledge.

Baird, I.(Ed.). (2014). Social networks in the long eighteenth century: Clubs, literary salons, textual coteries. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Articles and Book Chapters:

Baird, I. (2021). Introduction: “Speaking to the eyes” – Reassessing the Enlightenment in the Digital Age. In I. Baird (Ed.), Data visualization in Enlightenment literature and culture. Palgrave Macmillan.

Baird, I. (2021). Outliers, connectors, and textual periphery: John Dennis’s social network in The Dunciad in Four Books. In I. Baird (Ed.), Data visualization in Enlightenment literature and culture. Palgrave Macmillan.

Baird, I. (2020). Introduction: Complex legacies – Materiality, memory, and myth in the Arabian Peninsula. In I. Baird & H. Yagcioglu, All things Arabia: Arabian identity and material culture. Brill.

Baird, I. (2020). Circulating things, circulating stereotypes: Representations of Arabia in eighteenth-century imagination. In I. Baird & H. Yagcioglu (Eds.), All things Arabia: Arabian identity and material culture. Brill.

Baird, I. (2019). The strength of weak ties: Eliza Haywood’s social network in The Dunciad in Four Books (1743). ABO: Interactive Journal of Women in the Arts, 1640-1830) 9(2): 1-36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5038/2157-7129.9.2.1202

 

Book Reviews:

Baird, I.  (2020, December 2). [Review of the book Walter Scott and fame: Authors and readers in the Romantic Age by R. Mayer]. SHARP News. https://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/2020/12/02/robert-mayer-walter-scott-and-fame-authors-and-readers-in-the-romantic-age/

Baird, I. (2019, December 20). [Review of the book The Venetian Qur’an. A Renaissance companion to Islam, by P.M. Tommasino]. SHARP News. https://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/2019/12/20/pier-mattia-tommasino-the-venetian-quran-a-renaissance-companion-to-islam/

Baird, I. (2019, March 4). [Review of the book Reader in comedy. An anthology of theory and criticism, by M. Romanska, & A. Ackerman (Eds.)]. SHARP News. https://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/2019/03/04/magda-romanska-and-alan-ackerman-eds-reader-in-comedy-an-anthology-of-theory-and-criticism/

Baird, I. (2018, June 24). [Review of the book Hogarth’s legacy by C.E. Roman (Ed.)]. SHARP News. http://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/2018/06/24/cynthia-ellen-roman-ed-hogarths-legacy/